What's in the US Senate's 'skinny repeal' healthcare bill

What's in the US Senate's 'skinny repeal' healthcare bill

What's in the US Senate's 'skinny repeal' healthcare bill

Killing the Affordable Care Act, Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement dubbed Obamacare, has been a passion for Republicans since its 2010 enactment over their unified opposition, and was a key campaign promise by Trump previous year.

There are about nine hours of debate remaining before the healthcare legislation must be passed.

Not a single senator from either party regarded the "skinny repeal" as a viable health-care policy: its only goal was to open a conference committee with the House, where lawmakers from both chambers hoped to stitch together a more comprehensive plan.

Ryan released a statement underscoring this message: "While the House delivered a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, unfortunately the Senate was unable to reach a consensus". In the end, however, the no votes came from exactly where it could have been predicted they would.

John McCain, the maverick 80-year-old senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee, cast the deciding vote in the dramatic early-morning showdown on the Senate floor as a bill to repeal key elements of Obamacare was defeated, 51-49, dealing Trump a crushing political setback. She and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) were the sole Republicans who voted against the motion to proceed. Ben Sasse of Nebraska. "The Swamp. But we'll get it done, we're going to get it done".

Yet the outcome was hardly a shock in a Senate that's already shown that unity is elusive when it comes to dealing with Obamacare.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said she was "very relieved that, for the time being, healthcare repeal has been set aside". "We're not going to raise the white flag and surrender", Georgia Rep. Barry Loudermilk said after the meeting. "We're determined to do everything we can to succeed". The skinny repeal would have eliminated the individual mandate and suspended the employer mandate.

The idea is that this bill is supposed to be the vehicle for senators to hash out a better bill in a conference with the House. Medicaid's 70 million low-income beneficiaries include many pregnant women and infants, severely disabled adults and people battling addiction, and many elderly nursing home residents. Thune also said Alexander and his ranking Democrat, Sen. About a third of the U.S.'s approximately 3,000 counties have only one insurer selling coverage on their exchange, which is the only place where shoppers can get tax credits based on their income to help buy coverage.

Addressing the Senate late Thursday night, Hirono spoke out against the GOP's health care plan, emotionally discussing her upbringing in rural Japan, where she lost a 2-year-old sister to pneumonia and anxious about her mother getting sick without access to medical care. Vice President Mike Pence was in animated conversations with McCain.

"Senator @lisamurkowski of the Great State of Alaska really let the Republicans, and our country, down yesterday. Watch!" Trump wrote on Twitter after the vote. But it's not clear there are 12 Republicans who would be willing to spend more money to shore up a bill they have excoriated for seven years. And I have not seen a senator who speaks truth to power as strongly, as well and as frequently as John McCain.

The US Senate has rejected a Republican proposal to repeal Obama-era health care plan with three GOP lawmakers voting against it.

The failures underscored the party's deep divisions on the role of government in helping provide access to healthcare as the Senate conducted its second day of a freewheeling debate that could stretch through the week.

As the first vote began, McCain took his seat next to Graham, his closest friend in the Senate. The issue divides his caucus so deeply that he was never able to make much tangible progress on bringing together the right flank of his caucus that wanted to get rid of Obamacare's regulations and taxes, and the left flank that wanted to preserve the Medicaid expansion and other protections in the law.

McConnell admitted last night that Senate Republicans will likely have to move on to other legislative issues. Luther Strange, who the Senate leader supports, said, "if he wants to quit and move on, fine, he should resign from the leadership and let some bold new conservative leadership take over".

Associated Press writers Stephen Ohlemacher and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar contributed.

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